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Oregon considers selling forests to benefit schools

Legal battles over logging and protections for threatened species have reduced revenues for schools, costing the Common School Fund $3 million last year.  Jim Paul, assistant director of the Department of State Lands, said that the forest has turned from an asset into a liability, and that selling the forest is just one possibility out of many that will be examined by department staff in coming months. 

Bettina Ring appointed State Forester of Virginia

NASF welcomes Bettina K. Ring, who has been appointed State Forester of Virginia. Ring most recently served as Senior Vice President of Family Forests at the American Forest Foundation where she was responsible for the American Tree Farm System®, the largest and oldest sustainable woodland program in America, supporting more than 80,000 family forest owners collectively managing 27 million acres of certified woodlands.  Ms.

Local brewery lets locals “taste the trees”

The Meewasin Valley Authority is raising money for an $8-million effort to expand the walking route through Saskatoon’s river valley.  To aid in this effort, local brewery Prairie Sun has created the Meewasin 80 ale, which takes both the name and flavor of the trail with branches from spruce and pine trees.

Biochemical components of fossilized trees revealed

Using “the light of a million suns” – X-rays produced by synchrotron particle accelerators – scientists have examined the chemistry of fossilized plants.  The team found that the distribution of copper, zinc and nickel was almost identical, concentrated in distinct biological structures, like the the veins of the leaf or its edges.  

Foresters hope to salvage downed trees in South Carolina

The $363 in damage that caused South Carolina state forester Gene Kodama to issue a forest disaster declaration are giving local foresters lots of work: in 1.5 million acres across the state, foresters are scrambling to find and collect downed and damaged trees to salvage as much wood as they can before it

Kids get moving with help from school gardens

Besides providing fresh produce, schools with gardens are helping kids stay healthy in other ways: a two-year Cornell study of 12 elementary schools in New York

First annual “2013 Wildlife Emergency Medical Service Award” recipients announced

The National Wildlife Coordinating Group’s Incident Emergency Medical Subcommittee (IEMS) has announced the recipients of the “2013 Wildlife Emergency Medical Service Awards.”  This kicks off an annual awards program designed to honor organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding work, actions, or programs in emergency medical service for wildland firefighters.

NASF welcomes new Fiscal Specialist Olivia Reynolds

NASF is pleased to announce that Olivia Reynolds has joined NASF as Fiscal Specialist.  Olivia’s first official day was March 17.

7,500-year-old ‘drowned forest’ revealed by recent storms

Strange shapes grew out of the low-tides left by storms on the north Galway coastline on Ireland’s Atlantic rim.   After powerful winds stripped sand and stone shoreline, oak, pine, and birch stumps as well as extensive root systems for an ancient forest made themselves known.

Committee appointed to help advise management of Washington State's first community forest

The Tenaway Community Forest Advisory Committee is 20-member panel was appointed to advise the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Department as they develop a management plan for Washington State’s first state-owned community forest. 


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